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Old 12th April 2006, 15:05   #1
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Simple MV August & the others that I have named come under Hyper sports category
I know the busa and zx12r are tehnically hyperbikes, thats why I quoted only the Agusta. Which Agusta falls under the hypersports? I presume you are refering to the F4; well that has the GSXR1000 engine in it, which puts it bang in the superbike category.
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Yes but one of the issues of Superbike magzine had article on the entire MV 1000 series & I was surprised to see it being reffered as a hyper bike than a superbike, I looked around on net & found that it is indeed a hyperbike, why I dont remember & these days all car & bike sites(luckily somehow except tbhp) are blocked in office :( otherwise would have given you some links.
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I have split this thread from the "John Abraham accident thread" as this is an interesting topic for discussion.
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Ok. According to me, I define them as follows:

Hyperbike: 1001cc and above. Designed mainly for very high speed riding and also touring to an extent. Heavier than superbikes, but consequently more stable at flat out speeds.

Examples of hyperbikes: Hayabusa, Blackbird, ZX12R, ZZR1200, ZZR14

Superbike: 750cc-1000cc. Made as light as possible, with the best track goodies as possible. Excellent for canyon scratching and track days. Not the best for long distance riding or commuting. Wild mid to peak rpm range. Basically the best of both worlds - lightweight of a 600cc bike with power comparable to the 1000cc+ bikes.

Examples of Superbikes: R1, ZX10R, GSXR750 & 1000, CBR1000RR, MV Agusta F4 1000, Ducati 999, Aprilia RSV-R Mille.
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Agreed.. BUT I would classify the Blackbird more as a SPORTS TOURER than a hyperbike.
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It was the fastest bike when it was launched. That makes it a hyperbike in my book! And it's not slow by a long shot even in todays company!
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Well yes in theory I agree with you but here's something that proves its classified under the SPORTS TOURING tag
http://www.motorsports-network.com/H...1xx/xxtour.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_CBR1100XX

Sports touring or POWER TOURING...

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Thats one way of looking at it. Similarly, the older ZX9r's and 900rr's were superbikes at their time, but now they are considered "sport tourers"! Also, you can find hundreds of links out there that call a 600cc bike a hyperbikes as well!

But, as I said in my previous post, in my book, these are still superbikes and hyperbikes.
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Yes and I said I AGREED WITH YOU !
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Just wanted to say something coz its my 400th post!!!
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LOL

See Superbike & Hyperbike categories are based on CC\Power\Top speed. While categories like Sports Tourer\Street Sports\City Bike(the Honda CB series) are based on the overall design of the bike as in the riding posture which comprises the handle & seat position on a bike.

So both you guys are correct

@Rtech: Bang on, even I noticed this that the SBK's of yesteryears especially the ones which were above 600cc & had single long seat(rather than the butterfly split seat) are now referred as Tourers
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